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From www.Aish.com. I could not improve on this. The Fast of Gadalia is today, September 19, 2012.

The day after Rosh Hashanah marks the Fast of Gedalia, one of the “minor fast days” in the Jewish calendar year. The fast begins in the early morning at dawn, and ends in the evening at dusk.

What is the meaning of this fast, and why does it occur during the intermediate days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?

THE STORY OF GEDALIA- After the destruction of the First Temple 2,500 years ago, the majority of the Jewish people were exiled to Babylon. The conqueror, Nebuchadnezzar, eventually eased some of his harsh restrictions and allowed some Jews to remain in the Land of Israel. He even appointed a righteous Jew named Gedalia to administer the territory. Gradually, more Jews who’d escaped from the horrors of the war into neighboring countries began to return to their homes in Israel.

Gedalia was realistic about the limitations of Jewish sovereignty. He understood that for their own self-preservation, the Jews in Israel needed to fully cooperate with the nation who had conquered their land.

But this political subservience was intolerable to some Jews. A man named Yishmael ben Netaniah, spurred on by jealousy and foreign influence, arose and ignored the King of Babylon. On the third of Tishrei, Yishmael treacherously killed Gedalia as well as many other Jews and Babylonians.

ANSWER ON YOM KIPPUR– In the aftermath of Gedalia’s murder, the Jews feared reprisal from the King of Babylon. They thought to flee to Egypt to save themselves. But since Egypt was a morally corrupt society, the Jews were in a quandary ― weighing the physical threat against the spiritual danger. So they turned to the prophet Jeremiah, who was secluded in mourning, to ask for advice.

For an entire week, Jeremiah pleaded with God for an answer. Finally, on Yom Kippur, he was answered. Jeremiah called the Jews and told them to stay in Israel and everything would be fine. God was planning to make the Babylonians act mercifully toward the Jews, and before long, all the exiled Jews would be permitted to return to their own soil. But, Jeremiah told them, if the Jews decided to go to Egypt, the sword from which they were running would kill them there.

Unfortunately, the prophet’s words did not penetrate, and the people refused to believe. All the Jews remaining in Israel packed their bags and went down to Egypt. They even kidnapped Jeremiah and took him with them! Now the destruction was complete; the Land of Israel was completely barren.

You can guess what happened next. A few years later, Babylon conquered Egypt and tens of thousands of Jewish exiles were completely wiped out. The lone survivor of this massacre was Jeremiah. His prophecy had become painfully true.

The initial event ― the murder of Gedalia ― has been likened to the destruction of the Holy Temple, because it cost Jewish lives and brought the end of Jewish settlement in Israel for many years. The prophets therefore declared that the anniversary of this tragedy should be a day of fasting. This day is the third of Tishrei, the day immediately after Rosh Hashanah.

LESSONS FOR THE FAST OF GEDALIA

Lesson #1 ― The Jewish people had sunk to one of their lowest levels in history. The Temple was destroyed, the majority of Jews were exiled, and things looked hopeless. But God changed their desperate situation and had the righteous Gedalia appointed. Yet Gedalia was murdered by a Jew and all hope was wiped out.

It was at this point that Jeremiah prayed to God for some insight and assurance. This was during the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This story is memorialized to teach us an important message for these days: No matter how far away you are, you can return and God will forgive you.

Lesson #2 ― The Jews who went to ask Jeremiah for advice were subconsciously sure that God would give the answer they wanted to hear. So when God answered differently, they rebelled. Yet these were not evil people. What happened?

Though these Jews were in one sense dependent on the will of the Babylonians, they were unwilling to be dependent on the will of God. The lesson is that attaching oneself to God means following Him at all times, not just when it happens to coincide with what you want. A good rule in life, when faced with a tricky moral dilemma, is to ask yourself: “What would God say? What does He want me to do?”

Lesson #3 ― When one Jew murders another, it is a deep, terrible tragedy, which can have enormous historical repercussions. There is no excuse for such violence. Do we have philosophical and political differences? We must work them out with calm and tolerance. It is the only acceptable way.

MY TASHLICH EXPERIENCE YESTERDAY

Tashlich ceremony is done on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Tashlich means ‘to cast off’. ‘cast away’ and is a ritual doen as a physical reminder of the human efforts to cast away one’s sins.

Micah 7:19 reads, “God will take us back in love; God will cover up our iniquities, You [God] will hurl all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

Nehemiah 8:1, “All the Jews gathered as one in the street that is front of the gate of water.” This was believed to be on Rosh Hashanah and the Tashlich ceremony was being observed.

The ceremony is performed beside a body of flowing water, or if there is not flowing water a large bowl of water is used or a mikvah. First you reflect on your short comings or unpaid vows to God the past year and then confess each sin as they have come to your mind and ask forgiveness from God. Next, empty pockets of any lint or crumbs as a symbol of God taking your sins away and throw it into the water.

Prayer, “Who is like You, God, who removes iniquity and overlooks transgression of the remainder of His inheritance. He does not remain angry forever because He desires kindness. He will return and He will be merciful to us, and He will conquer our iniquities, and He will cast off our sins into the depths of the seas. Give truth to Jacob, kindness to Abraham, like that you sore to our ancestors from long ago.”

I did this yesterday on the Texas City Dike beside the ship channel of the Gulf of Mexico. I took communion following my Tashlich observance. The reason this observance is so helpful to me is because I am very introspective, hard on my self and I end up beating myself up and feel I condemn myself. As I observe this ceremony I take communion, receiving the full assurance of my salvation, purchased in full by Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary.

When I got home it was pouring rain at the front of my home, no other place, just over the front door. And there was a huge rainbow over our home!!!! How awesome is that??? What a great God we serve.

Rosh Hashanah (Head of the Year) begins tonight at sundown. As the sun goes down, the month. day and year will change. The year will become 5773, marking the years since the creation of man (Adam)

The Feast of Trumpets (also called Rosh Hashanah or Yom Teruah) begins by the blowing of trumpets (shofars or rams horns). There are 100 blasts of the shofar:

  • Tekiah blast“- awakening sound, one long blast (3 second)
  • Shevarim, “broken”- three shorter ones- weeping, lamenting, broken heart
  • Teruah, “alarm”, nine quick blasts in short succession (totaling 3 seconds)
  • These series are blown 11 times for a total of 99 blasts
  • After that, the final blast is knows as Tekiah Hagodolah, “great blast” or “THE LAST TRUMP”! (minimum of 10 seconds)

Rosh Hashanah begins 10 Days of Awe that will end on Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement that begins at nightfall, September 25, which begins Tishri 10 on the Hebraic calendar. Yom Kippur ends the 40 days of Teshuvah (repentance, turning back to God). For 40 days they have been reading aloud Psalm 27, as they make a Chuppah (canopy or covenant covering) over themselves and their loved one. They have also been making restitution to those who they have harmed, giving to the poor and doing acts of kindness. (things we should do daily, but neglect)

At the time of the blowing of the trumpets on Rosh Hashanah, it is believed by the observing Jewish people that these blasts are heard in heaven and 3 books are opened. Malachi 3:16, “Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, And the LORD listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the LORD And who meditate on His name. (17) “They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels.* And I will spare them As a man spares his own son who serves him. (18) Then you shall again discern Between the righteous and the wicked, Between one who serves God And one who does not serve Him.” (Also see Revelation 20:12)

  1. Book of the Righteous sealed with the seal of God who would immediately be written for good life the next year (Revelation 3:5)
  2. Book of the Unrighteous, who would be judged during the year; the totally unrighteous whose names are blotted out.(Ps 69:28)
  3. Book of the Intermediate, those who are not completely righteous or wicked. They would have until the Day of Atonement to make restitution and get right with God or they would not be in the Book of Life. (Joel 3:14)

L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu Literal Hebrew to English Translation: “May you be inscribed (in the Book of Life) for a good year.” This traditional Rosh HaShanah greeting wishes others a good year and is often shorted to “Shanah Tovah” (Good Year).

Years ago, the Rabbis realized that Ha’Satan (The Accuser) actually has the numberical value of the Hebrew letters of 364. They believed that there was one day that Ha’satan did not have access to them, The Day of Atonement which is the day when the blood was put on the Mercy Seat on the Holy of Holies for the sins of the nation.

As a believer, I am spending the Days of Awe praying for our nation, the nation of Israel and for the Jewish people to find Jesus as their Messiah.

Ezekiel 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”

How many is our LORD going to find this year? Are you one of those who stand in the gap?

Rosh Hashanah (Head of the Year) began this past Wednesday at sundown, September 28, 2011 which turned Tishri 1, 5772 on the Hebrew calendar. Keep in mind the Jewish day always begins at nightfall. (Gen 1:5b, “And the evening and the morning were the first day”)

The Feast of Trumpets (also called Rosh Hashanah or Yom Teruah) begins by the blowing of trumpets (shofars or rams horns). There are 100 blasts of the shofar:

  • Tekiah blast“- awakening sound, one long blast (3 second)
  • Shevarim, “broken”- three shorter ones- weeping, lamenting, broken heart
  • Teruah, “alarm”, nine quick blasts in short succession (totaling 3 seconds)
  • These series are blown 11 times for a total of 99 blasts
  • After that, the final blast is knows as Tekiah Hagodolah, “great blast” or “THE LAST TRUMP”! (minimum of 10 seconds)

Rosh Hashanah began 10 Days of Awe that will end on Yom Kippur.  Yom Kippur is also called the Day of Atonement begins at nightfall Friday evening October 8 is  Tishri 10 on the Hebraic calendar. Yom Kippur ends the 40 days of Teshuvah (repentance, turning back to God). For 40 days they have been reading aloud Psalm 27, as they make a Chuppah (canopy or covenant covering) over themselves and their loved ones. They have also been making restitution to those who they have harmed, giving to the poor and doing acts of kindness. (things we should do daily, but neglect)

At the time of the blowing of the trumpets on Rosh Hashanah, it is believed by the observing Jewish people that these blasts are heard in heaven and 3 books are opened. Malachi 3:16, “Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, And the LORD listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the LORD And who meditate on His name. (17) “They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him. (18) Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.” (Also see Revelation 20:12)

  1. Book of the Righteous sealed with the seal of God who would immediately be written for good life the next year (Revelation 3:5)
  2. Book of the Unrighteous, who would be judged during the year; the totally unrighteous whose names are blotted out.(Ps 69:28)
  3. Book of the Intermediate, those who are not completely righteous or wicked. They would have until the Day of Atonement to make restitution and get right with God or they would not be in the Book of Life. (Joel 3:14)

L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu
Literal Hebrew to English Translation: “May you be inscribed (in the Book of Life) for a good year.” This traditional Rosh HaShanah greeting wishes others a good year and is often shorted to “Shanah Tovah” (Good Year).

Years ago, the Rabbis realized that Ha’Satan (The Accuser) actually has the numberical value of the Hebrew letters of 364. They believed that there was one day that Ha’satan did not have access to them, The Day of Atonement which is the day when the atoning blood was put on the Mercy Seat on the Holy of Holies for the sins of the nation.

As a believer, I am spending the Days of Awe praying for our nation, the nation of Israel and for the Jewish people to find Jesus as their Messiah.

Ezekiel 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”

How many is our LORD going to find this year? Are you one of those who stand in the gap? This Sunday is the World Wide Day of Prayer For Jerusalem. Pray for the peace fo Jerusalem.

Comet Elenin was discovered on 10 December 2010 by  Leonid Elenin, a Russian amateur astronomer. It will make its closet path to earth October 16, 2011 during Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. The timing of the passes to earth give Elenin its significance. The first pass will be during Rosh Hashanah, September 28-29, 2011 and the second pass during Sukkot.

Astronomer Elenin wrote September 3, 2011: As many readers already know, Comet Elenin has begun the irreversible process of  breaking up.

Comets are ‘big frozen dirt balls’. Newsweek’s article of 1998 regarding Hale Bopp Comet says, “This comet was last seen in these parts 4200 years ago (before Abraham of 2213 BC). “Comets are big frozen dirtballs, an estimated 100 billion of them were created at the same time as the sun and the planets. Most of their days comets float anonymously in a halo called an ort cloud, a backwoods of space way past Pluto. But once in a while gravitational jolts from passing stars send a comet hurdling from the kingdom of ice into a trip around the sun. Comets are of the wandering children of the solar system. They were present at the creation some 4 billion years ago and living in the cold storage in the outer solar system they haven’t changed much.”

God many times will use a comet as a sign of upcoming events. Job 38:22, “Have you entered the treasury of snow, Or have you seen the treasury of hail(23) Which I have reserved for the time of trouble, For the day of battle and war?

Comet Elenin was about 2-3 miles (3-5 km) wide, while the sun is roughly 865,000 miles  (1,392,082 km) across.  This is small compared to the ‘giant’ or larger comets seen in our atmosphere. The Comet of 1729, Comet McNaught (below), Haley’s Comet and Hale Bopp Comet were giants compared to Elenin. (see 9/25/11 blog of Significant Comets)

 

Below is a chart from Astronomy.com regarding the timing of Elenin’s pass.

The timing of the passings on the Hebrew calendar month make it very interesting. On the 28th it will be the beginning of the moon cycle (head of the month). When the moon begins a cycle and when the moon is full it always affects the earth, such as high tides and more chances of mining accidents. How this will affect the earth is still to be seen. However, all reports are that it has been breaking up and nothing will happen.

Next on the calendar is Comet Garradd……………….9/22/11 – 4/19/12

The season we are in right now is called “The Days of Awe”. It is a 10 day period that began Friday night at sundown on the Hebrew calendar of Tishri 1, a Holy Day which is known as Rosh Hashanah or Feast of Trumpets. This is the head of the civil year and the number of years on the Jewish calendar has now changed to 5770. The Days of Awe will end on Yom Kippur, our Sunday night at sundown. The Jewish belief is when the trumpets sound on Rosh Hashanah, 3 books open in heaven:
1.    Book of the Righteous are sealed with the seal of God who will immediately be written for a good life the next year (Rev 17:3)
2.    Book of the Unrighteous who would be judged during the year (Rev 17:8)
3.    Book of the Intermediate, those who are not completely righteous or wicked. They would have until the Day of Atonement to make restitution and get right with God.
In the Hebrew language, numbers  have numerical value and the numerical value of 70 is the letter Ayin. The ancient Hebrew letters were often drawn in pictures and the picture of Ayin is an “eye”. (I suggest you go to Glory of Zion website and watch Robert Heidler’s teaching September on the numerical year.) This is a year to “see” as God sees, and to realize that He is watching over us. An eye is often a symbol of “evil eye” in the occult realm, so realize that all the eyes watching you may not be in your best interest. Ayin is also a picture of a “spring of water”. When I saw the picture of the eye with a spring of water, I saw tears gushing out of the eye. The Lord spoke to me and said that this would be a year of many tears. If the intercessors shed tears in prayer, there would not be tears of grief and anguish.
Last year on Rosh Hashanah and the Days of Awe began, the NY Stock Market took its largest dip since the Great Depression and fell 777. The number 7 is God’s number and to me it said, “Holy, Holy, Holy”. Ten days later at the end of the Days of Awe on Yom Kippur the stock market sharply fell 678.91 which to me represents the 5 commandments that deal with how we treat our fellow man. The financial system has not treated the fellow man fairly and that began a judgment on the Babylonian System which represents the financial market.
There is a time and season for every seed that has been planted. I want to state upfront that God is not judging man because Jesus has bore our sins once and for all. When a person receives His free gift they come under His blood covering.
Bill Koenig of Watch.org wrote about this coming week
Tuesday, Sept. 22: Obama will deliver an opening speech for a climate-change summit to be convened at U.N. headquarters on Sept. 22.

Fall Feast Calendar [all begin at sundown]
Elul 1     (August 21)    Begins 40 days of Teshuvah
Tishri 1   (Sept 18)       Rosh Hashana, year turns to 5770
Tishri 1   (Sept 18)       Days of Awe begin
Tishri 10  (Sept 27)      End Days of Awe
Tishri 10  (Sept 27)      Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement]
Tishri 15-21  (Oct 2-8)   Feast of Tabernacles
PRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Wednesday, Sept. 23: Obama to hold meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other Middle East leaders.

Thursday, Sept. 24: Obama will attempt to show a cooperative relationship between the U.S. and the U.N. when he becomes the first American president to chair its 15-member Security Council.

Friday, Sept. 24-25: G-20 communiqué says: Obama will chair this meeting of leaders from countries around the world that represent 85 percent of the world’s economy. At the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit, leaders will review the progress made since the Washington and London Summits and discuss further actions to assure a sound and sustainable recovery from the global financial and economic crisis.

Friday, Sept. 25: At 4 a.m., Muslims will be holding the first-ever prayer event at the same location of Obama’s inauguration. Up to 50,000 are expected to attend. We can thank Obama’s open door to Islam for the main catalyst behind this bold event.